Enjoy culture and candy this Halloween

Categories: ASC, Blog, Cultural Partners

Compiled by Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

This year Halloween falls on a weekend.

Mix some culture in with trick-or-treatin’.

There are several cultural haunts leading up to Halloween to check out before heading out for candy or parties.

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From Spinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers to a theatrical production of Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, there are scary and not-too-scary cultural events happening in Charlotte-Mecklenburg this weekend appropriate for kids, families and adults.

Here’s a look, courtesy CharlotteCultureGuide.com.

Forever Young: An ‘80s Prom and Halloween Party at The Duke Mansion
7 p.m. Oct. 30.
Where: The Duke Mansion (400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte).
What’s Happening: Bring your sweetie or come with friends to a throwback prom and Halloween party. Enjoy great eats and tunes, bid on trips, jewelry and other treasures at the silent auction. Come in costume or wear your prom finest as you support this annual fundraiser for the preservation of The Duke Mansion.
Cost: Tickets are $75 per person ($25 is tax deductible).
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441943522/Forever_Young_An_80s_Prom_and_Halloween_Party_at_The_Duke_Mansion.

All Hallows Eve Family Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Historic Latta Plantation (5225 Sample Road, Huntersville).
What’s Happening: Enjoy a celebration of all things Halloween. There will be trick-or-treating, games, pumpkin painting, face painting, storytelling, crafts and costume contests! Dress like your favorite historical character for a chance to win a special prize. Learn about the history of Halloween and meet some of the famous characters associated with the holiday.
Cost: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, ages 5 and under free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441795301/All_Hallows_Eve_Family_Day.

creepy crawlersSpinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Charlotte Nature Museum (1658 Sterling Drive, Charlotte).
What’s Happening: Enjoy Halloween treats and learn about all of our little friends that scurry underfoot, including spiders, bees, bats, scorpions and more. There will be plenty of other not-so-scary activities to enjoy, including puppet shows, story time, crafts and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.
Cost: Activities include with museum admission – $8, free for children younger than 2 years old.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441826084/Spinning_Spiders_and_Creepy_Crawlers.

Hoot N Howl
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Carolina Raptor Center (6000 Sample Road, Huntersville).
What’s Happening: Held on the traditional Dia de Los Muertos, the event will remember extinct species with Calaveras (poems/epitaphs), paper flowers, traditional face painting and an exploration of the sugar skull tradition. There will also be some traditional Halloween games and crafts including a costume contest, pumpkin painting, trick or treating and making paper plate skeletons.
Cost: Free with trail admission – $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students and free children 4 and under.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441936194/Hoot_N_Howl.

Spirits of Rosedale
7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte).
What’s Happening: The Spirits of Rosedale takes visitors on a night tour through the plantation home’s first floor, kitchen basement, and gardens. Rosedale’s theatrical production team presents this family-friendly Halloween production appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up.
Cost: $15.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441936327/Spirits_of_Rosedale.

Rosedale Spirit Walk
6:15-7:15 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte).
What’s Happening: This is a special Halloween program for younger visitors. Best for children under 10, parents are welcome to join in. There will be a stroll through the gardens with spooky stories to engage the imagination. The goal is to entertain, not scare and have a hauntingly fun time. Costumes are encouraged for this event.
Cost: $10.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441936328/Rosedale_Spirit_Walk.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center (300 E. Seventh St., Charlotte).
What’s Happening: Bored by her colorless surroundings, Coraline goes exploring through a magic door and gets trapped in a strange, unsettling parallel world. Get scared out of your wits for Halloween with this creepy musical version of the popular fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. Presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Cost: $12-$26.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441940881/Coraline.

Matters of Grave Importance
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
President James K. Polk State Historic Site (12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville).
What’s Happening:
Local historian and preservation expert Jason Harpe will give visitors an intimate look at historic cemetery preservation, and will demonstrate live preservation techniques in the Polk Family Cemetery. This is an outdoor event, so participants should wear appropriate clothing.
Cost: $5 adults, $2 students/seniors; does not include applicable sales tax.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441942419/Matters_of_Grave_Importance.

Happy Halloween at Discovery Place KIDS
11 a.m.-noon Oct. 31.
Where: Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville (105 Gilead Road).
What’s Happening: Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for safe trick-or-treating, face painting and games. There will be stations set up around the museum for some fun goodies.
Cost: Activities are included with museum admission – $10, free for children under 1.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441942986/Happy_Halloween_at_Discovery_Place_KIDS.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Carolinas Aviation Museum (4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte).
What’s Happening: There will be Halloween crafts to make and take, candy treats, a crazy costume contest, and exciting science experiments.
Cost: $12.87 adults, $10.73 seniors, $8.58 students, college students and active duty military, $9.65 retired military and free children 14 and under.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441945438/Spooktacular.

Oct. 30-Nov. 15.
Where: Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road).
What’s Happening: This adaptation brings the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker’s famous vampire.
Cost: $12 – $27.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441933803/Dracula.